CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) (Jan. 8) – Donald Hand scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half, including nine during a 21-2 run in the first 6:09, as Virginia rallied from a 1-point deficit to beat Georgia Tech 83-65 on Saturday.
The Cavaliers (10-4, 1-1 ACC) trailed 37-36 at the break before scoring the first eight points of the second half. After Tony Akins’ 13-foot running jumper drew the Yellow Jackets (7-6, 0-1) to within 44-39, Chris Williams’ 3-pointer started another 13-0 spurt that ended with 13:46 to play.
Virginia never led by less than 16 points the rest of the way.
Williams and Roger Mason added 14 points each for Virginia, with Williams getting 10 in the second half. Adam Hall added 11 points, nine after the intermission.
Georgia Tech got 21 points each from Jason Floyd and Jason Collier.
Virginia got scoring from 10 players in the opening half, but still trailed at the break as Floyd scored 14 points and Collier 11.
The Yellow Jackets also outscored Virginia 6-4 off turnovers in the first half, but the Cavaliers began cashing in after the break, scoring 26 of their 47 second-half points off miscues.